April 19

Greetings 5A Community,

It’s been a very busy week, as we prepare for next week’s PYP Exhibition. Students spent all day today working on hard in their groups on their PYPx – preparing their speeches, taking action and putting together their presentation displays. Many thanks to those parents who came along to help out with the groups. 

A reminder for all parents to please complete the G5 PYP Exhibition After School Information Form to assist G5 teachers with planning for next Thursday’s Evening PYPx event.

We look forward to sharing our PYP Exhibition with you next week.

April 12

Greetings 5A Community,

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break. 5A have jumped straight back into their PYPx projects this week, and are now turning their research into action.

In Math, students have continued their study of probability by playing five card poker independently in small groups. On Thursday I introduced seven card poker, and next week we will play a couple more times to break up what is guaranteed to be a very busy PYPx week.  

In literacy on Monday we continued reading Romeo & Juliet. This week, I also introduced our new read aloud text, Holes by Louis Sacher. We have spent some time this week examining the characters and responding in writing to the new text.

In PYPx this week, groups have finished their information reports. The reports will be available to read in the library from April 18. Many of the reports are bilingual and are written about a wide range of topics. Field trips are coming to an end and student action is well underway. The hope is that by students taking action, they will become aware of how they can make a difference to issues that affect them and others within the world. Be sue to check out this weeks PYPx video, here

PYPx Sub-Committees

On top of their own PYPx inquiries, groups of students have volunteered to be on sub-committees to organise the Exhibition itself. These groups are in charge of invitations to families and other schools, organising assemblies, PYPx T-shirts and the parent evening. Much of this year’s PYPx has been handed over to the students, so that they have a voice in how they present their findings and actions.

PYPx Work Day

A reminder that next Friday is G5 PYPx work day. All G5 students are required all day. There is no student-led conference for G5. However, parents are welcome to pop into class and spend some time working with their child. Students will be busy with a range of tasks such as the assembly performance, taking action and building the exhibition stand for PYPx presentation day. It is a busy day in grade 5, and any assistance is greatly appreciated. There will not be any specialist subjects on this day,

PYPx Parent Evening Event

Keep the evening of the 25th open. An invitation to attend is due from the Student Sub-Committee shortly Be 

The Week that Was

Be sue to check out this weeks PYPx video, here

March 29

Greetings 5A Community,

This week we have been flat out busy working hard on our PYPx projects. It was a pleasure to take a break from it all this morning, and enjoy a couple of hours at Sports Day.

For PYPx, students have been hard at work all week researching and putting together their information reports. Many students have been out on field trips, or spoken with visitors to the school about their subject areas. After the spring break, you can expect your child to be busy taking action related to their topic.

In math this week, we have continued our examination of probability by learning how to play poker. Students now have a good understanding of the poker hand rankings, and the relative chance of making such hands when changing one, two or three cards with the dealer.

Be sure to check out the PYPx video for this week, on our PYPx website here.

Have a wonderful Spring Break!

March 15

Greetings 5A Community,

Many thanks to those parents who made it along to the open classrooms this week. I am sorry if my absence disrupted your schedule.

In math this week, students continued visualising their thinking with fractions. They did this by utilising the ‘Claim’ ‘Support’ ‘Explain’ protocol when answering word problems about fractions. 

In literacy, students have been focused on reading articles related to their lines of inquiry. Ms Monica was in on Tuesday, to teach the class how to use the Cornell note taking system.

In UOI, students have spent a large part of the week researching their lines of inquiry and key questions. All students are expected to record Cornell notes in their PYPx journal. Many groups had their first mentor meeting, with mentors going over their lines of inquiry, key questions and providing guidance for their inquiries over the next week.

Calling for Experts or People with Connections

Students need to source a wide range of information in order for them to acquire accurate and timely information. Interviewing and field trips are encouraged, but we need your help to do this. If you are or know of anyone connected to an issue a group is researching, please contact me or your child’s coordinating teacher.

Finally, be sure to check out this week’s PYPx video on the Website.

March 8

Greetings 5A Community,

In Math we have been looking at visualising our thinking about fractions. We did this through a game called 10 or bust and through modeling our thinking when working with fraction problems. Mr Nathan also helped us visualise our thinking and peer assess our classmates when solving the handshake problem.

On Monday in Literacy we began reading Romeo and Juliet. In class we have also begun responding in writing to our new class novel, Blueback by Tim Winton. Next week we will be busy researching and taking notes using the Cornell notetaking system.

In UOI students began the week excited to find out their groups, and began the planning process to drive their inquiry. PYPx groups were lucky enough to have Mr Dylan lead a workshop around developing lines of inquiry and driving questions. These elements were driven by key concepts which groups identified as important. We also saw our experienced TA’s, Ms Huong and Ms Nguyen lead a workshop on how to write emails to mentors and experts. This week is often one of the most challenging for students as they make connections, select roles and responsibilities and make contact with their mentors. Remember to check out the website or look over your child’s process journal to see how your child is progressing.

Calling for Experts or People with Connections

Students need to source a wide range of information in order for them to acquire accurate and timely information. Interviewing and field trips are encouraged, but we need your help to do this. If you are or know of anyone connected to an issue a group is researching, please contact me or your child’s coordinating teacher.

Open Classrooms:

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th March

You are invited to join us on Thursday and Friday next week, for another round of open classrooms. Please see the schedule below for open lessons, and visit times:

Thursday:   Music Concert @ 9am

                    PYPx & Closing Circle: 2.30 – 3.20

                      (Check with your child for their room location during PYPx)

Friday:        Art – 8.40

                    PE – 9.25


Check the PE Blog for changes in the Swimming Curriculum this year. SWIMMING STARTS 25TH MARCH

PYPx Video: Week 2

Be sure to check out the PYPx video on our website for this week here

March 1st

Greetings 5A Community,

This week, your homework is to check out the brand new UNIS, PYPX website here: https://pypx.unishanoi.org/home. Please bookmark this webpage, as we will refer to it regularly throughout the exhibition process.

Be sure to also check out the week one video about our provocation with James Kendall from Keep Hanoi Clean. You’ll find it on the front page of the site.Have a great weekend.


March 22nd

Greetings 5A community,

This week in UOI we have been working hard to finish writing our governance presentations. Today we had a number of students present, but we we will need to finish this up next week before diving into PYPX.

In literacy we have continued our work on the discussion text. Students incorporated testimonials into their discussions this week, and learned about high, medium and low modal words. On Monday, the class will complete their discussion post assessment

In math this week, we examined simple budgets with students compiling a list of expenses for their governance assessment. Students made calculations with their incomes, and attempted to balance their budgets which resulted in either a profit or a loss.


Dinner Discussions:

  • Do you think the government unit was important? Why or why not?
  • What topic interests you for PYPX?
  • What is Mr Brewster doing this weekend?


  • February 18 – March 1 – Art Auction
  • February 23 SCO Fund Run
  • February 27 Passion Speaker
  • March 1 PYPx Parent Coffee Morning

March 3 Aquathlon – Sign Up here

February 15

Greetings 5A community,

I hope you had a lovely Tet break and managed to spend some quality family time together. I topped up my tan in Da Nang for a week. It was blissful.

In UOI this week we began working on our governance assessment. Students have been given two choices for how to present their key understandings of the unit. Some students are designing their own governing system for a fictional organization. The other students are thinking about how they can use their citizenship to take action on an issue important to them. In both cases, students are required to show their understanding of the Central Idea: ‘Power comes with responsibility,’ as well as the key concepts ‘Perspective, Form & Responsibility.’ This time around, class presentations must utilise a new kind of technology (Google Slides have been banned, for the time being).

In Literacy this week, we have continued our examination of the discussion text by reading samples and identifying the key features. We began the writing stage by planning a discussion text, first as a class (Are dogs better pets than cats?), and then individually (Will Grade six be better than grade five?). Before the Tet break, we interviewed some grade six students for their opinion, and we are now learning how to support our discussions with the testimonials gathered during the interview.

In Math this week, we continued our examination of fractions by adding fractions with like, and unlike denominators. Ms Beth visited us on Wednesday when we spent the morning making the connection between visual models (manipulatives & pictures), and the symbolic form (number) representations.

For the past two days, the class has also been very busy undertaking their ISA (International Schools Assessment) testing. They were all very engaged throughout the testing block and should be commended for their approach to the tests.

G5 PYP Exhibition

What are you passionate about?

What issues exist in this world that needs your attention?

What are you going to do about it?

Our grade 5 students are about to launch into the culminating event of their time in the Primary Years Programme with the aim of answering all of these questions. Students and teachers have been busily preparing for this event all year. It is with great excitement that we are now ready to begin our G5 Exhibition otherwise known as PYPx.

PYPx is an opportunity for our oldest elementary school students to reflect on their time in the PYP and use the skills, knowledge, and understandings that they have developed over the years to take action in an authentic and meaningful way.

This is very much a community project where we will involve students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community to support the G5 students work towards achieving their goals.

Parents and other community members are invited to join us for an information session on PYPx where we will share the Exhibition schedule, objectives and expectations.

Please join us on Friday, March 1st from 8:15 – 9:30am in the ES Creativity Space.

When? Friday, March 1st from 8:15 – 9:30am in the ES Creativity Space.

What?  Parent Information session on PYPx

Who?  All interested community members with a passion, skill or area of expertise to share with our students.

Dinner Discussions:

  •   Have we collected our Blue Dragon money and returned it to school?
  •   What have you decided to do for your UOI assessment?
  •   What part of the ISA testing did you enjoy? What part did you find challenging?
  •   What are you writing a discussion on?

Important dates and announcements:

  • February 18 Snack Sale – bring in 10,000 – 20,000VND
  • February 18 – March 1 – Art Auction
  • February 22 Blue Dragon money due
  • February 23 SCO Fund Run
  • March 1 PYPx Parent Coffee Morning
  • March 3 AquathlonSign Up here



January 25

Greetings 5A community,

In UOI this week, students have been sharing their home country presentations. They were tasked with examining the form of government, what that means, how the government works, and its effectiveness. Students were also given the extra challenge of compiling their research into one, concise and visually appealing slide.

In literacy we have been busy reading and constructing discussion texts. We spent the beginning of the week identifying the text features, before working with the discussion planning template together as a class. Next week, the Grade Six students will be in to answer some questions, which will serve as content for the discussion text that students will plan and write independently.

In math this week, we began examining percentages. Today we played some games to practice converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. Next week, we will continue our inquiry into fractions before putting together a financial plan / budget.

Many thanks for the support from home in regards to the Blue Dragon Walkathon. The class is very excited about the walk (run) next week. We have been training regularly, and the dedication from the class is evident. They are excited to run and they have all made fantastic progress – running more confidently, comfortably, and certainly faster! I expect them all to run further than they did last year.

In class we have used the opportunity to further develop our math skill by adding up our donations and tallying the total. Our goal of 23,000,000VND is getting closer. With one week remaining, we are a little over halfway there with an estimated 15,000,000VND promised to us so far.

Save the Date:

  • 28th Jan – reports home to families
  • 30th Jan – Parent Teacher Conferences 10am – 6pm
  • 31st Jan – Tet Assembly
  • 1st Feb – Blue Dragon Walkathon

Swimming link for blogs


A Gentle Reminder

Reminder that students who do not take the bus, or do not have an ASA must go home straight after being released from class. All students must be supervised by an adult if they are staying after school for playdates.